UK Festival Awards

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UK Festival Awards
UK Festival Awards 2012 Logo.png
Type of site
Music festival awards
Available in English
Launched 2004

The UK Festival Awards are awarded annually, with various categories for all aspects of festivals that have taken place in the UK, and one category for European festivals. The Awards were first established in 2004, and are produced by Virtual They are voted for by the public via the UK Festival Awards website. To ensure fairness, the votes are weighted to take into account the event capacity.[1][2][3]

The 2008 Awards ceremony was held on 30 October 2008 at the IndigO2 venue in London. Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy will receive funds raised on the night.[1]

The 2011 Awards ceremony was held at the Roundhouse in Camden.[4]


UK Festival Awards launched as an online poll by, 12,000 fans vote. The awards are presented in person to the winners in their local pubs of choice


50,000+ fans vote; BBC 6 Music sign up as media partner. Saluted in Scottish Parliament when T In The Park is voted Best Major Festival. The awards are again presented to the winners in person during an epic road-trip spanning the UK.


Pressure from the industry prompts the creation of the first live event, for 500 standing-only at London’s Islington Academy, sponsored by Carling.

Hosted by: Steve Harris. Outstanding Contribution to Festivals: Melvin Benn (Festival Republic – Reading & Leeds, Latitude).


The first "sit down" event at KoKo, Camden. Michael Eavis attends.

Hosted by: The Cuban Brothers. Outstanding Contribution to Festivals: John Giddings (Isle of Wight).


Moves to the IndigO2, adding a gala dinner component (at the Goucho restaurant) and the first UK Festival Conference by day (oversubscribed).

Michael Eavis accepting his Outstanding Contribution to Festivals award at the IndigO2 in 2008. Establishes independent ownership as Festival Awards Ltd.

Hosted by: Shaun Keaveny. Outstanding Contribution to Festivals: Michael Eavis (Glastonbury).

2008 Nominations Shortlist[edit]


The Awards returns to the O2 and the conference fills out into Europe’s largest cinema, the Vue in the O2 complex. The European Festival Awards is launched in partnership with The European Festival Association and debuts at The Grand Theatre in Groningen, Holland, on the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag.

Hosted by: Dixie and Horsey (Stars of ‘Svengali’). Lifetime Achievement Winner: Katrina Larkin (The Big Chill).


The Awards continues its O2 residency and the Conference expands again into sell-out event at the British Music Experience, covered live by BBC Business News.

2010 Winners[edit]

  • Best Toilets - T In The Park
  • Best Metropolitan Festival - Gaymers Camden Crawl
  • Best Family Festival in association with Showsec - Camp Bestival
  • Best Breakthrough Artist in association with Rizla - Mumford & Sons
  • Best Dance Event in association with Peppermint Bars - Creamfields
  • Feel Good Act of the Summer in association with Be-at TV - Paolo Nutini
  • Best New Festival in association with Access All Areas - Vintage At Goodwood
  • Headline Performance of the Year in association with Jägermeister - AC/DC at Download Festival
  • Virtual Festivals’ Critics Choice - Biffy Clyro at Glastonbury
  • Overseas Festival - Snowbombing
  • Anthem of the Summer in association with HMV - Florence & The Machine ‘You’ve Got The Love’
  • Line-Up of the Year* in association with XL Video - Rockness
  • Promoter of the Year in association with IQ - Glastonbury
  • Best Small Festival in association with Doodson Entertainment - Kendal Calling
  • Best Medium Festival in association with Smirnoff Flavours - Green Man
  • Best Major Festival in association with Tuborg - Bestival
  • Lifetime Achievement in association with Music Week – Geoff Ellis, DF Concerts
  • Outstanding Contribution to Festival Production in association with TPi - Neil McDonald
  • Best Sponsor Activation in association with Brand Republic - Coca Cola
  • The Grass Roots Festival Award in association with Robertson Taylor - 2000 Trees
  • A Greener Festival Award in association with - Croissant Neuf Summer Party

Hosted by: Craig Charles. Lifetime Achievement Winner: Geoff Ellis (T in the Park).[5]


Awards show up-scales to The Roundhouse and sells-out – the founding dream realised. Conference moves up to The Forum, attracts record attendance.

Hosted by: The Cuban Brothers. Lifetime Achievement Winner: Steve Heap (Association of Folk Festivals).


Awards returns to The Roundhouse. Conference joins it at the same venue for the first time.

Hosted by: Phil Jupitus.


Awards returns to The Roundhouse.[6]


  • Best Major Festival
  • Best Medium Sized Festival
  • Best Small Festival
  • Best Dance Festival
  • Best Lineup
  • Best New Festival
  • Grass Roots Festival Award
  • Family Festival Award
  • The Greener Festival Award
  • Best Toilets
  • Best European Festival
  • Best Headline Act
  • Festival Rock Act
  • Best Dance Act
  • Festival Pop Act
  • Best Urban Act
  • Best Newcomer Award
  • Anthem of the Summer
  • Innovation Award
  • Most Memorable Moment
  • The Virtual Festivals Outstanding Contribution Award


  1. ^ a b "UK Festival Awards announces nominations shortlists". Music Week. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  2. ^ "About the UK Festival Awards". UK Festival Awards. Archived from the original on October 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  3. ^ "(Time countdown) left to decide the winners of this year's UK Festival Awards!". UK Festival Awards. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Glastonbury, Bestival and Y-Not festival are big winners at industry awards - Eighth annual UK Festival awards also sees Ed Sheeran named breakthrough artist of the year". The Guardian - Music. Guardian News and Media. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "UK Festival Awards Winners". Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
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